A common Hebrew word is "shalom," which is Hebrew for peace, and is used to say both "hello" and "goodbye." A common Yiddish word is "glitch," which means "slip," "skate" or "nosedive," and has become a common American term for error.Continue Reading
Some common Jewish words are in Yiddish, while others are in Hebrew.
"Meshugah" is a common Hebrew word that means crazy person, and is used as a mild insult. "Goy" is a Hebrew word for anyone who isn't Jewish. It can also be used as an adjective in the form of "goyish." This is used when a Jew does something that is typically considered a non-Jewish thing to do.
"Tuches" is a common Yiddish word that refers to the buttocks. A "shikse" is a Yiddish term for a young, attractive, non-Jewish female, while a "shagetz" is Yiddish for an unruly, possibly violent non-Jewish male. "Mazel Tov" literally means "good luck" in Yiddish, but it doesn't mean luck for the future; instead, it is more of a congratulatory saying for something fortuitous happening in the present moment. A "klutz" is a "block of wood" in Yiddish, but it has come to refer to someone who is awkward and clumsy. "Bubbe" is Yiddish for Grandmother, although the more affectionate term is "bubele."Learn more about Education